New York City subway train.

New York City Transit Chief Andy Byford Rolls Out Plan For Subway Fix

May 23, 2018 - 7:23 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A long awaited plan to modernize the New York City subway system is set to be unveiled on Wednesday.

It'll take five years and by some reports $19 billion to replace the subway's ancient and cranky signals -- it's transit chief Andy Byford's big fix.

"It's seemed to me that was was needed there wasn't just a tweak, a few adjustments here and there, rather it needed to be a complete overhaul of every aspect of what we do. Our people, in terms of our culture, processes, how we go about things, but also in the infrasturcture, the equipment we use to get you from A to B," he said.

Byford figures the approach the city was taking would require 40 years to wrap up -- he wants to do it in 10.

For the here and now, he plans to hire station managers to handle a range of tasks.

"The safety of the station, the performance of the employees, the cleanliness of the station," he said.

Byford also plans to reorganize bus routes.

John Raskin of the Riders Alliance, but wonders how it will be paid for.

"It's not a question of when the money will come in, but how," he said.

A man waiting for the 1 train said he'd believe a fix is possible when he sees one.

"That's the transit system for you, you understand what I mean, but they always say you have to see it to believe it," a doubting Lawrence Joseph said.

After the initial repairs Byford will need another $18 billion over the following five years, the New York Post reported.

Lawrence said he would meet 1010 WINS' John Montone again in 5 years to let him know if the big fix was worth the big bucks.

Neither the city, nor the state has agreed to fork over the cash for Byford's plan, and neither he nor MTA Chairman Joe Lhota would confirm the pricetag.